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Mars Reveals Hits, Misses on 2015 Health, Energy, Packaging Targets
Mars Reveals Hits, Misses on 2015 Health, Energy, Packaging Targets

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Mars, Incorporated’s latest Principles in Action report captures the company’s performance on its targets for 2015, 2020, and those which are ongoing. Guided by its Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Efficiency, Mutuality and Freedom, the company has met and continues to pursue a wide range of sustainability, health and wellbeing, food safety, responsible marketing and workplace engagement objectives.

Target, CVS Expand Wellness, Healthy Food Efforts
Target, CVS Expand Wellness, Healthy Food Efforts

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In 2014, CVS made headlines when it rebranded to CVS Health and made the bold decision to discontinue the sale of all tobacco products. In September, the company claimed that the latter decision had a wider impact on public health; the data showed that cigarette sales were down across a variety of retailers in the states where CVS had greater than 15 percent market share.

BASF extends its portfolio of innovative foam solutions with ecovio® EA
BASF extends its portfolio of innovative foam solutions with ecovio® EA

PRESS RELEASE - BASF is expanding its range of high performance foam products with the innovative, certified compostable particle foam ecovio® EA. The product is predominantly biobased and, like all of the grades under the ecovio® brand, it supports the biological cycle through its certified compostability. The excellent properties of the patented particle foam make it particularly suitable for transport packaging for high-value or delicate goods where a high level of impact resistance and robustness is vital. The product properties are similar to those of EPS and boast outstanding energy absorption and very good resilience even when subjected to multiple impact loads.

Winners of Biomimicry, Forward Food Competitions Tackle Food Waste, Behavior Change Challenges
Winners of Biomimicry, Forward Food Competitions Tackle Food Waste, Behavior Change Challenges

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Both the Biomimicry Institute and Net Impact launched food-focused competitions earlier this year, seeking innovative ideas for new products or services. This week, the winners of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge and Forward Food Competition were announced.

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Leaders Discuss Paths to Health, Well-Being and Net Positive at the SHINE Summit 2016
Leaders Discuss Paths to Health, Well-Being and Net Positive at the SHINE Summit 2016

NEW METRICS - Last week Harvard’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net Positive Enterprise (SHINE) hosted its annual Net Positive Summit to showcase the latest trends in well-being and health, and how they factor into creating Net Positive impacts. SHINE’s mission is to help corporations across all sectors measure and accelerate the ways in which they help the world become a healthier, more sustainable place. The summit showcased how integral well-being – which includes a combination of employee health and the health of the planet – is to creating a flourishing future.

UNGC Recognizes Novozymes' Claus Stig Pedersen as One of Ten 2016 Local SDG Pioneers
UNGC Recognizes Novozymes' Claus Stig Pedersen as One of Ten 2016 Local SDG Pioneers

LEADERSHIP - Today at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 in New York, Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability at biotech giant Novozymes, was announced as one of ten 2016 Local Pioneers of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How Microbes, Bio-Based Materials Can Help Industry Embrace Sustainability
How Microbes, Bio-Based Materials Can Help Industry Embrace Sustainability

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - “We’re an emerging sector. We’re the cool kids. And that takes time,” said Kathryn Sheridan, CEO and founder of Sustainability Consult, during a Wednesday morning breakout session on the rise of bio-materials and bio-based products at Sustainable Brands 2016 San Diego. Bio-based alternatives to plastic and other fossil-based materials can be used for a variety of applications, including construction, manufacturing and apparel, among others. However, many have yet to reach scale, largely due to industry clinging to classic chemistry. “Bio-based materials work, it’s just a matter of economics,” Sheridan said.

SPLC: How to Drive Human Health, Environmental and Social Impacts with Institutional Purchasing
SPLC: How to Drive Human Health, Environmental and Social Impacts with Institutional Purchasing

SUPPLY CHAIN - What could be a dry technical presentation on supply chain metrics is immediately derailed, as presenter Scot Case, Training Developer for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), elects to depart from the predetermined slide show, and instead deliver the content in a workshop-style format. So much for a nice, easy-to-write post.

Samsill Produces the World’s First Certified Bio-Based Ring Binder Using Braskem's Green Plastic
Samsill Produces the World’s First Certified Bio-Based Ring Binder Using Braskem's Green Plastic

PRESS RELEASE - The company is incorporating bio-based plastics and post-consumer recycled paperboard into their new and improved Earth’s Choice product line  

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MIT Researchers Look to Bones, Sea Sponges as Blueprints for Stronger Concrete
MIT Researchers Look to Bones, Sea Sponges as Blueprints for Stronger Concrete

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proposed a new bio-inspired, “bottom-up” approach for designing cement paste – concrete’s binding ingredient. Led by Oral Buyukozturk, a professor in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the team compared cement paste to natural materials such as bones, deep sea sponges, and nacre, an inner shell layer of mollusks.

Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'
Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In 1997, biologist Janine Benyus popularized the term “biomimicry,” with her groundbreaking book of the same name, and spearheaded the growth of the discipline dedicated to applying Nature’s designs and processes to create a healthier, more sustainable world. I recently spoke with Janine about some of her favorite biomimetic innovations, about asking more from our design interventions, and some of the yet untapped areas in which Nature’s genius could help solve our most intractable problems.

Closed-Loop System for Medical Devices Saves Utah Orgs $250K, Diverts 60K Lbs of Waste
Closed-Loop System for Medical Devices Saves Utah Orgs $250K, Diverts 60K Lbs of Waste

THE NEXT ECONOMY - From waste management to construction to apparel, circular economy models are gaining attention and proving effective in numerous industries. Even those in healthcare – an industry that requires the highest level of uncompromising performance – are beginning to re-evaluate linear product lifecycles.

Ford Turning Captured CO2 Into Car Parts, Expanding Healthcare Outreach in Africa
Ford Turning Captured CO2 Into Car Parts, Expanding Healthcare Outreach in Africa

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford Motor Company claims to be the first automaker to formulate and test new foam and plastic components using captured carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock. Within five years, the company expects to be using the new biomaterials in its vehicles. Foams formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols have shown promise in ‘rigorous’ automotive tests, and could be used in seating and under-hood applications. The company claims that the CO2-derived foam will reduce the use of fossil fuels in Ford vehicles – potentially reducing petroleum use by more than 600 million pounds annually. Other plastic materials are currently under development.

Sustainability Delivering Ever Faster Growth for Unilever
Sustainability Delivering Ever Faster Growth for Unilever

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Unilever’s Sustainable Living brands continue to show superior performance, as the company reports on the fifth year of progress of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Consumers expect more of brands and businesses now — and they reward those that deliver a wider social benefit in addition to the traditional product performance at an affordable price. In 2015, Sustainable Living brands — which have integrated sustainability into both their purpose and products:

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UPS Foundation, Zipline, Gavi Partner to Drone-Drop Medical Supplies in Rwanda
UPS Foundation, Zipline, Gavi Partner to Drone-Drop Medical Supplies in Rwanda

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The UPS Foundation has partnered with drone manufacturer Zipline and leading vaccine alliance Gavi., to deliver blood, medicines, and vaccines to clinics across Rwanda via a fleet of Zipline drones. Drones can provide a faster, more reliable method of medicine delivery in areas where roads are often impassable, or where products cannot be kept for long without spoiling. The venture is planned as a one-year initiative, with hopes to expand in the future.

Bioplastic Advancements Show Promise for Biodegradable Milk, Juice, Food Packaging
Bioplastic Advancements Show Promise for Biodegradable Milk, Juice, Food Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Food packaging is one of the main generators of packaging waste in developed countries. In 2012, each person in the European Union (EU) countries generated an average of 156.8kg of packaging waste, and plastic containers accounted for 19 percent of it. In total, 15.1 million tons of plastic packaging waste was generated. Of course, many organizations are working on cutting back this waste, and new materials are under development, including biodegradable bioplastics made from renewable materials or even waste.

Trending: Buildings Inspired by Nature Absorb Pollutants, Collect Water, Keep You Cool
Trending: Buildings Inspired by Nature Absorb Pollutants, Collect Water, Keep You Cool

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Nature has inspired all kinds of innovation – from Ford looking at geckos’ sticky toe pads to improve adhesives to Airbus building a stronger, lighter-weight galley partition that mimics cell structure and bone growth. Biomimicry is also influencing building design across industrial, commercial and residential projects.

United Flights from LA to San Francisco Now Use Biofuel, Create 60% Less Emissions
United Flights from LA to San Francisco Now Use Biofuel, Create 60% Less Emissions

CLEANTECH - Regularly scheduled United Airlines flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco will be fueled by a blend of 30 percent biofuel and 70 percent traditional fuel, reducing an estimated 60 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with regular fuel. Other airlines have tested biofuel, but United says it has “made history … by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights,” with this new initiative.

€700K in Postcode Lottery Prizes to Emissions-Reducing Products, Services
€700K in Postcode Lottery Prizes to Emissions-Reducing Products, Services

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The ‘biggest international sustainable entrepreneurship competition’ is underway! The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is open to entrepreneurs and businesses who have a product or service which reduces CO2 emissions. Now in its 10th year, this annual business plan competition for eco-entrepreneurs aims to promote a low carbon economy by supporting “sustainable innovation in the battle against climate change.”

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CVS Health Makes $50 Million Five-Year Commitment to Deliver the Nation's First Tobacco-Free Generation As Next Step Toward Smoke-Free Living
CVS Health Makes $50 Million Five-Year Commitment to Deliver the Nation's First Tobacco-Free Generation As Next Step Toward Smoke-Free Living

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Health, the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, today announced Be The First, a five-year $50 million

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